Georgia Republicans Complain 'Coastal Elite' TikTok Users Trying to Influence Senate Runoffs

Georgia Republicans are complaining that Democratic Party users of TikTok in cities like Los Angeles and Washington are attempting to influence their state's upcoming runoff Senate elections.

The Georgia Republican Party's official social media accounts on Tuesday highlighted a video that purports to show a Los Angeles resident calling people in a Southern accent and promoting Democratic candidates. "Whatever it f**king takes," the man can be heard saying after dropping his feigned accent. On January 5, Georgia is set to hold two runoff elections that will decide which party controls the U.S. Senate. Democratic candidates Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff are up against Republican incumbents Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue, respectively.

This is what the coastal elites in Washington and California (who are trying to influence the #GASen runoffs) think of Georgians. pic.twitter.com/kGBNytnDvd

— GAGOP (@GaRepublicans) November 17, 2020

The runoffs have come under national scrutiny, with Republicans accusing "coastal elites" of influencing the contests and Democrats saying sitting GOP members are trying to rig the races in their favor.

"The coastal elites seeking to influence #GASen care more about electing Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer than they do about Radical Raphael Warnock and Jon Out-of-Touch Ossoff. Georgians will not be fooled. The good people of Georgia will send Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue back to fight for their Georgia values," the Georgia Republican Party's official Facebook account posted Tuesday.

The video shared by the state's GOP is intended as comedy and has the caption, "Me in Los Angeles talking to voters in Georgia." The man in a tank top quickly adopts a Southern accent and claims to be "Megan from Alpharetta," a Fulton County suburb north of Atlanta. The man asks for "Miss Petunia" and urges her to vote in the upcoming January 5 runoff elections, which are set to occur because no candidate won a majority of the vote.

"This is what the coastal elites in Washington and California (who are trying to influence the #GASen runoffs) think of Georgians," the Georgia GOP Twitter account posted Tuesday.

The state is still under the national spotlight from the November 3 presidential election, in which Democratic nominee Joe Biden narrowly defeated President Donald Trump. However, pro-Trump Republicans continue to dispute the state's election results, with The Washington Post reporting Monday that state GOP officials are being badgered by powerful members of their own party to sway the votes in Trump's favor.

Georgia's Republican secretary of state, Brad Raffensperger, said South Carolina GOP Senator Lindsey Graham is among several from the party who are pressuring him to toss out ballots that didn't go for Trump. Graham denied the allegation on Monday, saying "that's ridiculous."

The TikTok video shared by the GOP prompted many residents to note that Loeffler is not only the richest member of Congress, but also from the northern state of Illinois. Her Democratic opponent, Warnock, is a lifelong Georgia resident and pastor.

Newsweek reached out to the Georgia GOP and all four candidates' campaigns for additional remarks Tuesday afternoon.

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Georgia Republicans are complaining that Democratic Party users of TikTok in cities like Los Angeles and Washington are attempting to influence their state's upcoming runoff Senate elections. Screenshot: GAGOP TikTok